Please be advised that on April 25 at Franklin Park Zoo and April 26 at Stone Zoo, we will be conducting a routine animal escape drill. These drills are an important part of our preparedness training. While the drill is occurring, guests will be asked to move to certain areas within the Zoo for a brief period of time (not to exceed 10 minutes). We will do our best to have minimal impact on the guest experience. We are very dedicated to safety and we appreciate your participation. If you have any questions about what to expect, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617-989-2000 or


New England Blazing Star

By Andrew C (Savanna Blazing-star (Liatris scariosa)) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

New England Blazing Star and Native Pollinators

We've begun reintroducing New England blazing stars and other rare dry soil wildflowers on conservation land around Middlesex County. Working with the towns of Lexington, Bedford and Carlisle, we plant seedlings grown by local volunteers.

New England blazing star is a native wildflower in the aster family that used to be widespread across Massachusetts. This plant has all but disappeared from northeastern Massachusetts and is now listed under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act as a species of Special Concern.

Wildflowers like the New England blazing star provide vital forage to our native pollinators, such as bees, wasps, moths and butterflies. Blazing stars, in particular, are critical nectar plants that monarch butterflies depend upon to fuel their autum migration to Mexico.

Many native pollinator species are on the decline due to habitat loss. By planting native wildflowers in your backyard, you can help provide habitat for both declining native wildflowers and their insect pollinators. Please contact us for ideas!

New England Blazing Star Fact Sheet